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Dr Adrian Heagerty Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to EB Research

Dr Adrian Heagerty Recognised for Outstanding Contribution to EB Research

Dr Adrian Heagerty, Consultant EB Dermatologist at Solihull Hospital, has been awarded a professorship for his contribution to EB research. 

Dr Heagerty has been appointed honorary professor of Dermatology at the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham.

DEBRA CEO Ben Merrett said, “We’re delighted that Dr Heagerty is being recognised for his work. He makes an outstanding contribution to the EB Community on a daily basis. His innovations and the research he is conducting have a real impact on the quality of life for people suffering from EB here and now, as well as helping to develop more effective treatments for EB in future.” 

Prof Heagerty is currently working on several research projects to improve the quality of life of people suffering from EB, including collaborating with a team at the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing on a project to reduce inflammation and scarring in EB.

While training to be a doctor, Prof Heagerty quickly developed an interest in dermatology. After his general medical training, he joined Prof Robin Eady at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, London, working on rapid new ways to diagnose EB. 

He completed his dermatology training in the Midlands, where his work with a family with EB Simplex eventually led to the identification of faulty keratin proteins as a cause of this type of EB, paving the way for further research into effective treatments for the condition.

He was appointed as a Consultant Dermatologist in Birmingham, and set up a new department of dermatology in 1998, which is now the largest in the Midlands.

Following this, he set up the multidisciplinary EB Team at Solihull Hospital, recognising the need for a specialised team that would meet the unique needs of adults living with EB. Now Solihull Hospital is a recognised Centre of Excellence in EB. Led by Prof Heagerty, the EB service there is one of two in the UK serving adults with the condition.

Prof Heagerty is also examining how sore feet affect the way people walk when they have EB. He has implemented the use of pioneering biomechanical technology to produce bespoke orthotics, dramatically reducing pain and increasing mobility for people with the condition.

Prof Heagerty is also working with Professor Chapple at the Birmingham Dental Hospital on a DEBRA funded project to improve wound healing in EB. 

When he’s not seeing patients in the clinic or conducting research, he volunteers his time chairing DEBRA lnternational’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel, which reviews research proposals before they are funded.

Congratulations, Prof Heagerty!

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